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Friday, December 11, 2009

Journalist Bullied by UN Cops For Asking Climategate Question at Copenhagen Press Conference

Phelim McAleer is an investigative journalist who spends much of his time debunking the Global Warming hoax. It was McAleer who asked a question of Al Gore a few months ago that caused the former VP's head to start melting (video at end of this post). McAleer is also the director and producer of Not Evil Just Wrong  documentary which looks at how  environmental extremism is damaging the lives of the most economically vulnerable populations (see trailer below)

Today the "Global Warming Mafia" gave new credence to the charges raised by Climategate, that there has been a concerted effort to cover-up dissenting voices. Because that's exactly what they did to McAleer when he asked some “inconvenient questions” during a press briefing at the climate change conference in Copenhagen.
Professor Stephen Schneider’s assistant requested armed UN security officers who held film maker Phelim McAleer, ordered him to stop filming and prevented further questioning after the press conference where the Stanford academic was launching a book.
He asked Professor Schneider about his opinions on Climategate
Professor Schneider, who is a senior member of the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), said he would not comment on emails that may have been incomplete or edited.
When McAleer replied that the University had confirmed that the emails were legitimate, all help broke lose, UN officials and Professor Schneider’s assistants twice tried to cut short McAleer’s question.
As the press conference drew to a close Professor Schneider’s assistant called armed UN security guards to the room. They held McAleer and aggressively ordered cameraman Ian Foster to stop filming. The guard threatened to take away the camera and expel the film crew from the conference if they did not obey his instructions to stop filming Professor Schneider.
The guard demanded to look at the film crews press credentials and refused to allow them to film until Professor Schneider left the room. McAleer said he was disappointed by Professor Schneider’s behaviour.
“It was a press conference. Climategate is a major story – it goes to the heart of the Global Warming debate by calling into question the scientific data and the integrity of many scientists involved.”

“These questions should be answered. The attempts by UN officials and Professor Schneider’s assistant to remove my microphone were hamfisted but events took a more sinister turn when they called an armed UN security officer to silence a journalist.”
Two officers corralled the film crew and one officer can be seen on tape (video below) threatening the cameraman. The Guard can also be heard warning that if the crew did not stop filming their would seize the equipment and the journalists expelled from the conference.
“I have met Mr Christopher Ankerson the UN’s head of security for the conference and he has confirmed it was Professor Schneider’s staff who asked the security guards to come corral us at the press conference. Mr Ankerson could not say what grounds the security guard had for ordering us to stop filming.”

“This is a blatant attempt to stop journalists doing journalism and asking hard questions. It is not the job of armed UN security officers to stop legitimate journalists asking legitimate questions of senior members of the UN’s IPCC.”
But it does seem like the job of Professor Schneider to help sweep Climategate under the carpet.

McAleer, who is from Ireland, has gained quite a reputation for asking difficult questions of those who have been promoting the idea of man-made Global Warming.

His microphone was cut off after he asked former vice-president Al Gore about the British court case which found that An Inconvenient Truth had a nine significant errors and exaggerations. Almost 500,000 people have watched the incident on youtube, in case you haven't it appears below:

Source Big Government

1 comment:

Libertarian Advocate said...


It seems to me axiomatic that those who refuse to answer hard and challenging questions, and then forcibly shut down the challenger, have rather more than a little to hide.

In light of the extraordinarily damaging emails - some dating back more than a decade - between leading "scientists" promoting AGW theory and their current refusal to respond to entirely legitimate questions, I believe that they are petrified by the potential exposure of massive fraud and possible criminal prosecutions. Accordingly they engage in a contumacious and extremely aggressive form of what lawyers call a "litigation posture."